Mail

Definition of Mail

Pronunciation: māl
n.1.A spot.
1.A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V.
2.Rent; tribute.
Mail and duties
(Scots Law) the rents of an estate, in whatever form paid.
1.A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor.
Chain mail
See under Chain, and Coat.
2.Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
3.(Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
4.(Zool.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
- Gay.
v. t.1.To arm with mail.
2.To pinion.
n.1.A bag; a wallet.
2.The bag or bags with the letters, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter.
There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated Hague.
- Tatler.
3.That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office.
4.A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
Mail catcher
an iron rod, or other contrivance, attached to a railroad car for catching a mail bag while the train is in motion.
Mail guard
an officer whose duty it is to guard the public mails.
Mail train
a railroad train carrying the mail.
v. t.1.To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail; to post; as, to mail a letter.
[imp. & p. p. Mailed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mailing.]

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